Do you often wake up in the morning with a sore jaw? You may be suffering from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, a medical condition that affects at least 10 million people in the United States. Dr. Marc Benhuri at the Benhuri Center for Laser, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in New York City offers custom-made dental appliances to protect his patients from the harmful effects of this disorder. Call his office today or request an appointment online.
The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are at the base of your skull, in front of your ear on both sides. They connect your lower jaw (mandible) with your upper jaw (maxilla) and ultimately help your mouth open and close. Whether you’re eating, yawning, or just saying hello, the TMJ help you to do so.
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) occurs when problems arise with these muscles and jaws.
Many symptoms can point towards TMD. However, diagnosing TMD is sometimes tricky since a lot of the symptoms associated with TMD can also be signs of other medical conditions. Often if you have TMD, your jaw makes a popping sound when you open or close your mouth, or sometimes your range of motion in your jaw is limited, locking your jaw in place. Other common signs and symptoms include:
Although there isn’t a cure for TMD, a few different treatment options can improve your symptoms.
Learning relaxation techniques to help control the muscle tension in your jaw, or using medication to eliminate muscle spasms can sometimes alleviate pain and tenderness. Dr. Benhuri also recommends wearing a night guard to help your symptoms while you sleep. The protection of a dental appliance can help reduce the harmful effects of clenching and tooth-grinding that often occur as a result of TMD.
Dr. Benhuri provides custom night guards for both your upper and lower jaw. He can make the night guards out of soft or hard material, depending on your preference.
If you’re experiencing pain in your jaw or the muscles around your temporomandibular joints, consider coming in for a consultation to get checked out. Call Dr. Benhuri today or schedule an appointment online.